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Available in the form of a tablet, Lodosyn® (carbidopa) is a medication used to treat Parkinson's disease. It is always used in combination with levodopa products (Sinemet®, Sinemet® CR, Parcopa®, or Stalevo®), as it has no activity against Parkinson's disease when used alone.
 
In addition to treating Parkinson's disease, Lodosyn is approved to treat Parkinson-like symptoms due to:
 
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Manganese poisoning
  • Encephalitis (inflammation or infection of the brain).
 
Before using Lodosyn, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have lung problems, liver disease, or any mental illness.
 
In clinical studies, reported side effects included:
 
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Involuntary movements.
 
(For more information on this drug, click Lodosyn. This article provides a more in-depth discussion, with details on why you may want to eat a low-protein diet during treatment, other safety issues to discuss with your healthcare provider, and more.)
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